Reds sign RHP Michael Wuertz to minor league deal

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds have signed right-hander Michael Wuertz to a minor league deal, allowing him to work out at their spring training complex in Arizona as part of the team's extended spring training program.

The 33-year-old reliever pitched five seasons for the Chicago Cubs and three with Oakland, which released him in October. Wuertz went 0-0 with a 6.68 ERA in 39 relief appearances for the Athletics last season. The A's chose a $250,000 buyout rather than use their $3.5 million option on Wuertz for 2012.

Wuertz went 13-7 with a 3.57 ERA over his five years with the Cubs, who traded him to Oakland after the 2008 season. He went 8-4 with a 3.97 ERA in three years with the A's.